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Three accused of killing Marine wife had sex dungeon, warrants say

July 19, 2012 |  8:44 am

 For an evening outing to San Diego, Brittany Dawn Killgore borrowed a purple floral dress with sequins from a neighbor, according to search warrants.

Initially, Killgore had turned down the invitation from Staff Sgt. Louis Perez but then changed her mind.

Within 13 minutes of leaving her Fallbrook home April 13 with Perez, the 22-year-old Marine wife knew she was in trouble, texting a friend, "Help."

Her friend never again saw Killgore, whose nude, battered body was found days later tossed in a ravine near Lake Skinner in Riverside County.

A San Diego County sheriff's detective believes Perez and a girlfriend may have sexually assaulted Killgore to satisfy their perverse sexual tastes.

Over the objections of the district attorney's office, an appeals court Wednesday released four of the search warrants in the case that have led to murder charges filed against Perez, Dorothy Maraglino and Jessica Lopez.

The documents detail a lurid lifestyle of the three defendants, allegedly including sadomasochism, bondage, infliction of pain, and a sex dungeon at the home they shared in Fallbrook.

Maraglino is a dominatrix, Perez enjoys spanking women and Lopez referred to the pair as "mistress" and "master," according to the documents. In a profanity-laced, seven-page note to police, according to the documents, Lopez claimed to have killed Killgore out of jealousy and then attempted to dismember her body like the lead character in the TV series "Dexter."

Maraglino, Lopez and Perez have pleaded not guilty and await a court hearing in August.

Still unclear is how Killgore knew the three defendants; she also lived in Fallbrook and her husband, like Perez, was a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton.

Investigators linked Perez to the death by blood and hair fibers found in his truck. The blood was that of Killgore, according to the documents.

Just days before her death, Killgore had filed for divorce from her husband, who was deployed to Afghanistan.


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Photo: Brittany Dawn Killgore. Credit: San Diego County Sheriff's Department